Longtime Kenai resident Arlene S. "George" Rhodes died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with her family by her side. She was 63.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. A celebration of her life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.
Mrs. Rhodes was born April 7, 1944, to George and Elnora Gillian in Butte, Mont. She moved to Kenai April 17, 1973. Mrs. Rhodes was an office manager for accounting for 14 years, labor laws adjudicator for 12 years for the state of Alaska Department of Labor, Tyler Dist. Co. Inc., and Kenai Peninsula Community Care Center.
Mrs. Rhodes enjoyed crafts, flowers, reading, music, animals, helping others and spending time with her family.
"George will be remembered for her kindness to others, her sense of humor, her giving nature, her love of animals, and for her passion and loyalty to the love of her life and her true hero, Dustin Rhodes. Her family loves her and cherishes her spirit. We are holding her close but know she is now able to rest and is where she wanted to be," her family said.
Mrs. Rhodes was preceded in death by her mother, Eleanor Reis; and stepfather, Raymond M. Reis.
She is survived by her husband, Dustin J. Rhodes of Kenai; daughters, Jennifer L. Tyler of Kenai, Wendy Crowell and her husband, Jason, of Anchorage, and Crystal Rhodes of Anchorage; sons, Stephen Gale and wife, Jennifer, of Savannah, Ga., and Tom R. Gale of Portland, Ore.; granddaughters, Sydney Reis Beauchamp Tyler of Kenai, Heather and Brighton Gale of Savannah, and Taylor, Caitlin and Avery Crowell of Anchorage; grandsons, Michael Gale of Salem and Daniel Matero of Anchorage.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be given in Mrs. Rhodes' name to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, UT 84741 or www.bestfriends.org.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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